ASEE Zone 2 Conference 2017

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Innovative Tools for Assessing Student Sustainability Knowledge

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A workshop will be conducted to introduce tools for assessing students’ conceptual and applied sustainability knowledge. First, concept maps will be presented as direct measures of students’ conceptual understanding of sustainability. Participants will construct their own sustainability concept maps, as well as practice applying scoring methods. Given that scoring is the major barrier to application of concept maps, an automated scoring program will be provided to participants. Finally, methods for assessing students' abilities to engage in sustainable design will be presented. Focus will be on a newly-revised, cross-disciplinary sustainable design rubric. Participants will have an opportunity to provide feedback on the validity of the rubric, and they will be provided with documentation on how to apply the rubric in their own classes. Overall, participants will be provided with a framework for classifying different types of sustainability assessments and practical methods for assessing students' conceptual and applied understanding of sustainability in engineering contexts.


Mary Katherine Watson    
Civil and Environmental Engineering
The Citadel
United States

Elise Barrella    
James Madison University
United States


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